Lemonade out of lemons — make the best of every situation

christian lautenschleger
christian lautenschleger
Take this sparkler! I don’t know where I was originally going with this. Something about taking a sparkler instead of lemonade, you pyros.

Tendinitis. It’s a dreadful word for runners. It’s not so much the pain, but the time it takes to heal. No one knows. Treatment and rest help heal tendinitis. In the meantime? Either painful running or no running. Some runners even (regrettably) take up different sports for cross-training to avoid losing fitness. But you know what? It’s a quintessential time to make lemonade out of lemons.

For every situation, we need to think about how we can make the most of it. We need to think about how we can put a positive spin and action on everything. Why? Otherwise, we lose time, we spend time thinking about negative consequences and miss opportunities. Trust me, I could be royally pissed and cranky every day from my Achilles tendon, but you know what? That won’t change anything. What’s done is done, and I can make better use of my time.

Running marathons “competitively” takes a lot of time. Both in raw time spent running and the lifestyle attached to it. I don’t want to say it holds us back, but it certainly eats away at the time we could spend doing anything else. Going from full-fledged training to no running and only treatment allows us to pivot our time to other endeavors.

I view it as a good time to advance myself in other places in my life. Such as writing this blog every day, starting a website designed to connect bloggers, and my life moving forward. Basically, I can’t just sit still and let time go by. I have to do something. A day lost is sad. We get one shot.

Lemonade can also be a learning function. Learn why what happened, happened. Sometimes it can be a blessing in disguise because we learn about something new, something preventative. Do you think that I won’t pay closer attention to what attributed to my tendinitis? Nope. Making mistakes is okay (well, usually) as long as we learn from them. Otherwise, it’s a waste.